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National Op Shop Week - Op Till You Drop!

 

OP TILL YOU DROP!

Three reasons to start op shopping now.

 

by Sally Creagh from DoSomething

  

There are two types of people in this world. Those that know why op shopping is excellent and everyone else. If you are part of the latter group, here are three reasons to give op shopping a try.

 

Value For Money

 

 

If you don’t have an unlimited budget for clothing, then you can’t beat op shopping for value for money. If you purchase everything new, you are limiting yourself to cheaply made clothes. Many of these items are made to last only one season, and after a handful of washes they begin to lose shape or fall apart.

Op shops are a place where you can still find well made, high quality items for a fraction of the price you would pay for new. Classic styles like cotton shirts, woollen knits, leather shoes and jeans are almost always available in op shops. Trench coats, blazers and plain t-shirts are commonly stocked too. Look out for quality fabrics like wool, silk, denim and 100% cotton in cuts that suit your body shape and you’ve got the foundations of a great wardrobe.

Op shopping for kitchenware is another way to save a bundle. Many op shops have stacks of plain white plates, cups and bowls so you can get a co-ordinated set together even if they are not all exactly the same size. Same goes for glassware and serving platters. Most op shops will have pots, pans and kitchen appliances as well so this is a way to deck out your kitchen without spending an arm and a leg.

 

Serendipity

Op shops are full of treasures! You never know what downright fascinating things you’ll find there.

On a recent trip to the local oppy I happened upon a rare, out-of-print book on Aboriginal art that I wouldn’t have been able to buy new; a pair of high quality binoculars for $10; and a spinning wheel!

Op shops take a lot of deceased estate items so you often see whole collections. If your interests happen to intersect with a collection that’s in store, then it can be your lucky day. It also means that these treasures go to a new home to be used and appreciated all over again instead of going to landfill. So if you like to browse, fossick and discover, op shops are for you.

 

Upcycling

 

 

Do you have a creative bent? Want to spruce up your home? Get down to your local op shop and see what furniture could be transformed with a lick of paint or even new upholstery. An old chest of drawers can become a TV console or a bench. Creative colour choices can turn a pine bedside table into a statement piece. That old footstool can be recovered with a new fabric and look like a million bucks. Check out our Pinterest page for amazing op shop furniture transformations and more upcycling inspiration.

 

So are you converted? Get down to your local oppy with an open mind and ‘Op Till You Drop!’

 

 

 

 

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